Been brewing for less than two years, but pretty much dove head into the obsession. First batch of all grain was last December but before that I really tried to hone my processes down during extract brews and partial mashes. Moving to a new home in March forced me to take a break and relearn a lot of processes because the set up is completely different. Plus I was still honing my all grain skills.
Anyway, Sunday we had our first “big” party which was a combination housewarming/football (Redskins)/Octoberfest homebrew party. There were about 40-50 adults there and I had 8 kegs on tap:
Amber Ale (very close to Waldo Lake Amber)
Overall it was a huge success. Most of the people I talked to and asked for honest feedback but did not get much other than glowing reviews. It was interesting to watch people go up to a pitcher and pour a small sample, taste it, smile and proceed to pour a full glass. Plenty of BMC and light beer alternatives, but very little was consumed. Lots of people wanted a tour of my brewery and had no clue that I started with raw grains to brew all of this.
I have had a lot of people come drink my beer in the past, but it was great to have a level of confirmation that what I am doing is actually really good beer. There are some things that I would tweak on a few recipes, but that is the process. I killed a few kegs to make some more room for some batches that needed those, so all is good.